Instagram to keep teenagers away from harmful posts

Instagram says it will distance teens from harmful content and introduce a “break break” feature as part of the company’s latest efforts to address revelations about the impact of Facebook products on mental health. The plans come less than a week after whistleblower Frances Haugen accused Facebook of putting a security advantage in US Senate … Read more

Facebook’s Andy Stone is making enemies to please Mark Zuckerberg: Insider

A “hatchet man” spokesperson for Facebook is making enemies from politicians and journalists as the company takes heat in Washington — and insiders told the Post he’s doing it to appease Mark Zuckerberg. This week alone, Facebook policy communications director Andy Stone — a 40-year-old communications veteran who formerly worked for Democratic Sense. Barbara Boxer … Read more

Facebook and Instagram hit with user outages — again

Facebook and Instagram suffered a wave of outages for the second time on Friday afternoon – just days after all services were shut down for hours on Monday. According to DownDetector, more than 32,000 Instagram users reported being unable to use the app between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday. About 2,300 Facebook users … Read more

Ireland raises corporate tax, jolting Facebook, Apple and Google

Facebook, Apple, Google and other big tech firms with offices in Ireland are set to take a hit to their bottom line as the country hikes corporate taxes. Ireland – which is also home to large offices for Twitter and PayPal – is raising its famously low 12.5 percent corporate tax rate to 15 percent, … Read more

5 excerpts from the Senate testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before a major Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, sounding the alarm about everything from Instagram’s impact on teenage girls to threats to national security by Facebook. She said the company needed to declare “moral bankruptcy.” Ahead of his three-hour-long testimony, Haugen sent thousands of internal Facebook documents to lawmakers who are … Read more

Francis Haugen blasts Facebook on Capitol Hill

The buck must stop with Zuck — but Facebook’s all-powerful CEO faces no accountability as his social media behemoth becomes a national security risk harming children. And lawmakers had done something better about it, swiftly. It was an urgent plea by whistleblower Frances Haugen, who reprimanded her former employer during Tuesday’s Senate testimony, calling on … Read more

Here’s what people did during the Facebook, Instagram outages

Time to read a book! With Facebook and Instagram shut for some six hours on Monday, social media users turned to old-school activities. People reported reading, reconnecting with friends, and cleaning or doing other chores because they were unable to post or scroll through popular apps during the rare long disruption. “Back to old fashioned … Read more

Facebook urges court to dismiss FTC’s antitrust lawsuit — again

Facebook on Monday urged a federal court to take out the Federal Trade Commission’s revised antitrust suit against the company – a sign that the social media giant is planning to play hardball during a crucial week in Washington. The FTC filed an amended complaint against Facebook, weeks after a widely expected court filing accusing … Read more

Who is Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen?

He is the biggest thorn in Mark Zuckerberg’s side. Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen publicly disclosed her identity on Sunday, accusing her former employer of advancing divisive content for profit and covering up evidence that the tech giant’s products cause harm. “Facebook has repeatedly chosen to optimize for its own interests, such as making more money,” … Read more